COLUMBUS, Ohio – A three-run fifth inning made the difference, as Ohio State outlasted Maryland 5-2 Sunday afternoon. The Terrapins (18-33, 7-13) made it a game late tying the contest in the fifth with two runs, but could not keep pace with the Buckeyes (32-11, 13-6).
Ryan Denhart kept the Terps in it from the circle, allowing just two earned runs on four hits in six innings of work. Kassidy Cross had a solid day at the plate for the Terps, going 3-for-3 for a game-high three hits. Ohio State finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth, as an error and hit made for the game’s first two runs.
Maryland battled back in the top of the fifth, as a pair of walks put Destiney Henderson and Anna Kufta on base with two outs. Brigette Nordberg came through big for the Terps, smashing a two-RBI double to right center to tie the game at two.
Ohio State recaptured the momentum in the bottom of the inning fifth, using three hits to score three runs and take a 5-2 lead.
The Terrapins will look to improve their standing in the Big Ten next weekend with the team’s final conference regular season series against Michigan State.